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The new DUP leader Edwin Poots has accused the European Union of damaging the NI peace process. Speaking on the Marr programme on BBC One, Mr Poots said the current EU commissioners did not seem to care about the peace process.He said he shared the fear of his predecessor Arlene Foster that anger over the NI protocol could lead to violence on the streets this summer.He said: "I don't want to use a threat of violence in terms of this."Our arguments are very clear, they are very coherent."This is the European Union seeking to punish the UK and, as a consequence, Northern Ireland is being used as a play-thing.
LONDON (AP) — Lawmaker Paul Givan is to become the new first minister of Northern Ireland, replacing Arlene Foster, who had been in post since 2015 and through the Brexit dramas of the past few years.
The recently elected leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, Edwin Poots, revealed Givan's appointment while unveiling his team in Belfast on Tuesday. The new ministers, including the 39-year-old Givan, a former communities minister, will take up their posts on Monday.
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A fiercely loyal follower of Democratic Unionist Party leader Edwin Poots will become Northern Ireland's next first minister when incumbent Arlene Foster steps down, raising the stakes for post-Brexit trading arrangements in the British-run province. New DUP leader Edwin Poots announced on Twitter that the 39-year-old hardline unionist will take on the post after Foster was ousted in a party coup over her handling of Brexit. Givan is a lawmakerNew DUP leader Edwin Poots announced on Twitter that the 39-year-old hardline unionist will take on the post after Foster was ousted in a party coup over her handling of Brexit.
“There is a huge responsibility that comes with this position, particularly in serving the people of Northern Ireland," he said.
Poots, a religious conservative who was previously agriculture minister in the Northern Ireland Assembly, thanked Foster for her “excellent work.” Foster quit as leader and first minister in April amid recriminations in the party over the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland.
Last month, Poots won a two-person contest to lead the DUP — the senior partner in the Catholic-Protestant power-sharing government in Belfast. He had said he wasn't going to combine the job of party leader with that of first minister.
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"The EU will not be shy in reacting swiftly, firmly and resolutely to ensure that the U.K. abides by its international law obligations," Maros Sefcovic said.The deal is supposed to support post-Brexit trade between Europe and the U.K. It provides for an open border between the Republic of Ireland, an EU member state, and the U.K.'s Northern Ireland. This has angered citizens of Northern Ireland since it sets up a customs border between the region and the rest of the U.K., which means new red tape for businesses.
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Poots is a Christian fundamentalist and a believer in creationism whose conservative views on social issues echo those of the DUP’s founder, the late Rev. Ian Paisley.
The party, which is rooted in the fundamentalist Free Presbyterian Church, opposed Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace accord. It later became reconciled to it and has shared power with the Irish Republican Army-linked party Sinn Fein.
The power-sharing relationship has often been strained and the Belfast administration was suspended for almost three years beginning in 2017 after it collapsed over a botched green energy project.
However, it is Britain’s economic split from the European Union at the end of 2020 that has really shaken the political balance in Northern Ireland, a part of the U.K. where some people identify as British and some as Irish.
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Post-Brexit trade rules have imposed customs and border checks on some goods moving between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. The arrangement was designed to avoid checks between Northern Ireland and Ireland, an EU member, because an open Irish border has helped underpin the peace process that ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland.
The new arrangements have angered Northern Ireland’s British unionists, who say the new checks amount to a border in the Irish Sea, weaken ties with the rest of the U.K. and could bolster calls for Irish reunification.
Tensions over the new rules contributed to a week of street violence in Northern Ireland cities in April that saw youths pelt police with bricks, fireworks and firebombs.
Foster faced the wrath of party members for backing the Brexit divorce agreement that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson struck with the EU. She quit amid a party push to oust her.
EU urges UK to uphold Brexit deal but Johnson defiant .
European leaders on Saturday delivered an ultimatum to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to keep his word on Brexit to resolve a row over new trade arrangements in Northern Ireland. - Double down - "The prime minister expressed confidence in the UK's position in the Northern Ireland protocol," a statement said after his meeting with Macron. "He made clear his desire for pragmatism and compromise on all sides."With Merkel, he said there was a need "to maintain both the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the UK".And with von der Leyen and Michel, he told them the UK was "committed to finding practical solutions" to the solve the dispute.